'This Week' Transcript: Nancy Pelosi

STEPHANOPOULOS: I understand that's your judgment. Yet it creates the possibility, some fear, that detainees will be released in the United States.

PELOSI: I don't even know that that is a possibility. If a detainee -- using the standards that the president is putting forth, reviewing why they are there, how they got there in the first place, I think there is -- I know that there is provision for sending them home or to another country.

There are all kinds of options. But I think you have to take the first step to say, who are these people? Why are they here? Should they be freed and sent home? Should they be prosecuted? Do we not have enough evidence to prosecute them? And in what courts are they prosecuted, a military court, a civilian court?

So this plan is, I think, ingenious in what it does. Let's see how that works.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Congressman Bill Young of the Defense Appropriations Committee, Republican of Florida, suggested to Greg Craig, the White House counsel, that the detainees who can't be released should actually be housed at Alcatraz in your district.

PELOSI: Perhaps he has not visited Alcatraz. And let me say, Bill Young is a great member of Congress and I have a great deal of respect for his opinion. Alcatraz is a tourist attraction. It's a prison that is now sort of like a -- it's a national park.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Not a serious proposal.

PELOSI: It is -- no.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You're losing a member of caucus, Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is going to be -- has been appointed by Governor Paterson of New York for the Senate seat.

Gillibrand: thank you governor for this tremendous honor

STEPHANOPOULOS: Yet it's no secret that you and she have not had the easiest relationship. And New York Democrats told us that you were urging Governor Paterson not to pick Congresswoman Gillibrand. And you actually made three calls to the governor, is that true?

PELOSI: I spoke to the governor, he called me. And then I returned his call and -- I don't know, I speak to him -- he's a friend of mine. I think he's a great governor of New York. And I think he made an excellent choice.

There is no...

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you weren't urging him not to...


PELOSI: Well, my concern...

STEPHANOPOULOS: ... Gillibrand?

PELOSI: ... as speaker of the House is of all the choices that he had, this is a district that is important to us. We worked very hard to win that seat. And so, of course, I want to keep my numbers here.

STEPHANOPOULOS: It's going to be tough to hold.

PELOSI: But what's important is -- well, we'll see. We'll see who the candidates are. We've only just found this out in the last 24 hours. But what's important is that he be elected governor and Kirsten be elected senator.

I don't have an uneasy relationship with Kirsten. I appointed her to the Steering Committee when she came here a very coveted position.

And now just recently, the past few weeks, named her to be head of our women's leave effort, again, much coveted by other members at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

So my concern is can they all be re-elected, can we win this seat. I was talking politics with him, about -- but she'll be a great senator. What I love about it is that as a mom, she has two little babies, two little children, and a young -- a working mom, she will speak to the aspirations of so many working moms in the country as she represents New York State so well.

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